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PLANS FOR MOBILE HOME PARK IN HARBOR MOVING FORWARD

GOLD BEACH Plans to build a 120-unit mobile home park on Harbor land currently zoned for agricultural use took another step forward Wednesday when the Curry County commissioners approved annexation of the land into the Harbor Water District.

The 23-acre parcel on the corner of Benham Lane and U.S. Highway 101 is owned by Itzen Enterprises.

The commissioners approved its annexation into the Harbor Sanitary District on July 24.

The land was one of the items in the expansion of the Brookings Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) that was remanded back to the city by the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC).

Jim Capp, of Western Land Use Services, spoke for Itzen Enterprises at the hearing. He said LCDC finalized the UGB expansion in May.

He said most of the 23-acre property will be used for a mobile-home park. The Itzens may also use a small portion near the intersection of the highway and Benham Lane for a commercial enterprise.

There are water lines on three sides of the property, said Capp. He estimated the mobile home park would use about 1-2 percent of the areas current water use.

He said that percentage would drop by 2015, when more than 16,000 are projected to be living within the Brookings UGB.

The Harbor Water District board approved the annexation on July 21, he said.

Commissioner Lucie La Bont said, Im still very concerned about water in the UGB. She said she is waiting for the citys water plans and would like to see them before the county issues permits for the mobile home park.

County Counsel Jerry Herbage said the water annexation was just another step in the process and that additional land use work would need to be done.

La Bont and Commissioner Rachelle Schaaf voted for the annexation. Commissioner Marlyn Schafer was absent.

David Itzen thanked the commissioners for their decision and help. Its been a 14-year process, he said.

Curry County Planning Director Chuck Nordstrom said in July that the zone-change hearing will require a 45-day notice to LCDC, so it wont take place until October or November at the earliest.

After that, he said, the Itzens will have to apply for and receive all applicable development and building permits before they can actually hook up to the sanitary and water districts, and begin construction.

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